UEFA release apology statement to fans who suffered in Paris on Champions League final

UEFA release apology statement to fans who suffered in Paris on Champions League final

UEFA release apology statement to fans who suffered in Paris on Champions League final

It has been six days since the Champions League final in Paris where Liverpool and Real Madrid fans were pepper-sprayed and accused of carrying over 40,000 fan tickets to attend the game, despite no concrete evidence of the same.

The fans were treated harshly, forced to enter the stadium through limited narrow tunnels with many supporters were denied entry despite having genuine tickets and queuing outside the stadium two hours before entries opened.

UEFA have finally issued an apology statement to everyone in Paris who was affected by the police's brutal behaviour and the lack of proper organisation.

Here is the opening part of their statement: "UEFA wishes to sincerely apologise to all spectators who had to experience or witness frightening and distressing events in the build-up to the UEFA Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May 2022 in Paris, on a night which should have been a celebration of European club football.

"No football fan should be put in that situation, and it must not happen again.

"To that end, immediately after the events, UEFA commissioned an Independent Review to identify shortcomings and responsibilities of all entities involved in the organisation of the final, and has today published the Terms of Reference for this review.

"The Independent Review, which will be led by Dr Tiago Brandão Rodrigues from Portugal, aims at understanding what happened in the build-up to the final, and determining what lessons should be learned to ensure there is no repeat of the actions and events of that day."

UEFA add that the review 'will engage with UEFA and all relevant stakeholders, including, but not limited to, fan groups including Football Supporters Europe as well as those of the two finalist clubs; the finalist clubs themselves; general spectators; the French Football Federation; the Police and other public national and local authorities, and the stadium operator.'

They will submit a full finding from the review in due time and it will be published on UEFA.com for everyone to be read.
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